Chelsea Focus - Is Falcao the final piece of the puzzle?
Ramadel Falcao, the Colombian striker, is the name on the lips of everyone in the football world right now. His record in recent times has turned heads all over Europe and at present, he has arguably become the best goal scorer there is. Impressive performances and eye-catching statistics will always invite attention for a footballer, which is the case for the Atletico Madrid star.
Chelsea are the team who have yet again been linked with the forward for a big money move in January. He was heavily linked in the summer of 2011 but after weeks of speculation, Fernando Torres was eventually entrusted with getting Chelsea’s goals while Falcao made the move to Atletico from Porto, the team at which he founded his success.
A year on and talk of the move has re-surfaced, due partly to the fact Torres is still struggling to make himself at home at Stamford Bridge, but mainly because Falcao has been in such hot form. He currently sits at the top of La Liga’s scoring charts alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a feat that deserves serious attention.
The tipping point for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would have been seeing Falcao rip through his side in this season’s UEFA Super Cup, The 26-year-old grabbed a hat-trick that night in Monaco but could have had six. His form though has not only helped Atletico start the season so well, spearheading them to an unbeaten start as they keep pace with Barcelona, but he has transferred it to the international stage too, bringing Colombia to the brink of qualification for the next World Cup in Brazil.
The transfer however would not be a cheap one. A sum in the region of £46m will be required activate his release clause and his wage demands would be in the highest bracket too. If the Blues were to fork out this amount of money only two years after spending £50m on Torres, it would represent a serious statement to the footballing world that Abramovich will stop at nothing to make Chelsea the world’s most successful side.
Only time can answer the questions currently being asked, but the ex-Porto man will surely want to test himself at the highest level of European football as soon as possible. After twice winning Europe’s smaller prize of Europa League, the Champions League itself will surely be next on the agenda for Falcao. In that respect his ambition would appear to match Abramovich’s, who is unlikely to be content with just one European Cup to his name.
Chelsea will believe that Falcao’s arrival could arguably be the final piece to an already impressive puzzle. And should Falcao choose to make the move to West London, the Blues’ faithful will be hoping he makes the difference to a side that will be fighting for trophies on all fronts for years to come. The new era at Chelsea is underway, and with or without Falcao, the future looks to be a bright one.
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